New Features and Updates in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18277

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18277 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring on Nov 7, 2018. There are some new features and improvements to existing ones. We are going to have a look at major improvements and new features included in Windows Insider Preview build 18277 one by one. If you are looking for a complete information about the builds in various Insider rings, you can check the same in Flight Hub.

What’s new in Build 18277

Evolving Focus assist

Starting with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Microsoft started improving the ‘Focus Assist’ feature to help users avoid various distractions while focusing on work. In this build, there are some important changes: A new focus assist option has been added so that when you’re doing *anything* full screen, focus assist will automatically turn on.

If you are watching a movie, working on some excel tables or studying, Focus assist will keep your notifications quiet until you exit full screen mode.

You can find this setting at following location: Settings > System > Focus Assist. Customize your priority list to ensure any important notifications will not be missed! If you’d like to turn off the warning notification that’s shown in Action Center after entering focus assist, you can do so by clicking the rule in Focus Assist Settings which prompted the notification.

Improved Action Center experience

You can now adjust the brightness of your screen right from Action Center. In this build, the brightness Quick action is a slider instead of a button. You can simply drag the slider to adjust brightness of your screen instead of clicking the button to get preset values of brightness.

You can also easily customize your Quick actions right from the Action Center. You don’t have to go into Settings. You can now re-arrange in the moment, and you can also add any Quick action you need on the fly, without needing for it to always take up space.

Emoji 12 Preview

With insider preview build 18277, Insiders will get a first look at the new emoji designed so far for the Emoji 12 release! You can use these emoji via the emoji panel (WIN + .) and the touch keyboard.

A selection of the new emoji. Including waffle, guide dog, yawning, sloth, and more.

High DPI Improvements

Microsoft has been working over the past few years to improve the High DPI story for Win32 (desktop) apps on Windows. For this Microsoft release a new settings named as ‘Fix scaling for apps‘ which would get you a toast message about fixing your apps that led you to this setting we added with Build 17063:

Settings page “fix scaling for apps” with “let Windows try to fix apps so they’re not blurry”.

In 19H1 build 18277, this setting is enabled by default to help automatically address some of your scaling issues, and reduce the number of times you see that “Fix blurry apps” notification. If you’re interested to learn whether or not an app is DPI aware you can find out using this feature rolled out to Task Manager a few flights ago.

Windows Security gets an additional Windows Defender Application Guard setting

Insiders will notice that Isolated browsing has an additional toggle that lets users manage access to their camera and microphone while browsing using Application Guard for Microsoft Edge. If this is managed by enterprise admins, users can check how this setting is configured. For this to be turned on in Application Guard for Microsoft Edge, the camera and microphone setting must already be turned on for the device in Settings > Privacy > Microphone & Settings > Privacy > Camera.

Improved Storage settings page

You can now get a look at quick and dynamic storage breakdown of your system. Go to the Storage page (Settings > System > Storage or Open Start and search “Storage settings”) to see an actionable list of how your storage is being used. You can also click on the different categories to take action and free up some space.

You can now get a quick and dynamic storage breakdown of your system via Settings > System > Storage.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Fixed the issue causing WSL to not work in Build 18272.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in text not rendering on the screen if you had a large number of OTF fonts, or had OTF fonts that support the extended East Asian character set.
  • Fixed a recent issue where Task View failed to show the + button under New Desktop after creating 2 Virtual Desktops.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in Timeline crashing explorer.exe if you pressed ALT+F4 while it was visible.
  • Fixed an issue significantly impacting Start menu reliability in recent builds when pinning, unpinning, or uninstalling apps.
  • Fixed an issue where the expected context menu wouldn’t appear after right-clicking on a folder in File Explorer from a network location.
  • Some Insiders may notice small differences in File Explorer over the coming flights.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the home page of Settings having no visible scrollbar in recent flights if the window was small enough to need one.
  • Updated the icon used to identify the Region page in Settings.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing sometimes in recent flights when going to Sign-in Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you were typing in the search box with the embedded handwriting panel and went to switch languages within the panel.
  • Fixed an issue where playing videos might unexpectedly show a few frames in the wrong orientation when maximizing the window after changing the orientation of your screen.
  • Fixed an issue impacting Emoji Panel reliability in recent flights.
  • The touch keyboard’s feature to input a period after two quick taps on the spacebar was recently also accidentally enabled when typing with the hardware keyboard and has now been disabled.
  • Made some adjustments to improve the performance of WIN+Shift+S bringing up snipping.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Far Manager to have a significant pause during a long running command like ‘dir’ (see Microsoft/console#279).
  • Fixed an issue that caused Windows applications running from WSL through interop and applications using the *PseudoConsole APIs to redraw the top left corner excessively (see Microsoft/console#235).
  • Fixed an issue resulting in running “start .” from Command Prompt failing in the previous flight with an access denied error.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing bug checks (green screens) with the error KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED on the previous flight.
  • Fixed an issue where certain devices might hit a bug check (GSOD) when shutting down or when switching from a Microsoft account to a local admin account.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in wuaueng.dll repeatedly crashing in the background for some Insiders in the last few flights.

Known issues

  • Some users will notice the update status cycling between Getting Things Ready, Downloading, and Installing. This is often accompanied with error 0x8024200d caused by a failed express package download.
  • PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge may not display correctly (small, instead of using the entire space).
  • You may see blue screens if your PC is set up to dual boot. If you’re impacted, the workaround is to disable dual boot for now. This might get fixed in upcoming flights.
  • The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.
  • Settings page will crash after changing the account password or PIN, we recommend using the CTRL + ALT + DEL method to change the password
  • Due to a merge conflict, the settings for enabling/disabling Dynamic Lock are missing from Sign-in Settings.

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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